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Emily Explains: Exposed Seams


It seems like every week I uncover a new favorite design from the Berroco archives. Right now, I’m madly in love with Wakame – a cropped, asymmetrical sweater that drapes just perfectly. Wakame was first published in booklet #262 Yin and Yang, but it was such a hit that we reintroduced it as one of our free patterns!


Looking at the odd shapes in the schematic fills me with excitement. I love when you have to really think about how something is made!


The real mystery is in the seaming. The technique used forms a welt or ridge along the front and back center. It looks complicated, but I promise it isn’t! It’s really just an exposed seam, which is created when you take two right side pieces faced together and use the mattress stitch to seam them up. Doing the mattress stitch from the back of the fabric causes the seam to form on the front. It forms a beautiful clean ridge.


Working with the wrong side facing you


Thread needle through both cast on edges


Work the connecting threads between the first and second stitch, go back and forth between each side to connect the pieces


Close up of the path of the seaming


Exposed Seam!

Maybe you can use this seaming detail in future projects, too!

Happy Knitting,


3 Comments Post a comment
  1. LOVE.IT.#queued

    January 1, 2014
  2. Reblogged this on Knit It Up and commented:
    Loving this!

    January 1, 2014
    • emilyoneil #

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it!
      Happy Knitting!

      January 2, 2014

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